Grateful Dead Hour no. 1496

May 23rd, 2017

Week of May 22, 2017

Part 1 20:04
Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE->
GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
DON’T EASE ME IN->
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Part 2 35:19
Grateful Dead, Get Shown the Light (5/5/77)
SUGAREE
Grateful Dead, Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings (4/29/72)
GOOD LOVIN’

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, June 3, The Chase Brothers Present Jazz is PHISH and The James Brown Dance Party featuring Fred Wesley of James Brown Band and the JBs, Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce, Kofi Burbridge of Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1495

May 14th, 2017

Week of May 15, 2017

Part 1 16:08
Dead and Company 7/15/16 Fenway Park, Boston MA
JACK STRAW

Part 2 39:08
Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
HELL IN A BUCKET
ALTHEA
CC RIDER
CUMBERLAND BLUES
MY BROTHER ESAU
WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE

Dead and Company are on tour this summer! Tickets at deadandcompany.com.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. You can spend Memorial Day weekend at The Capitol Theatre with Phil Lesh & Friends on May 26 and 27. The Cap is traveling down the golden road to unlimited devotion and there’s no signs of slowing down. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1494

May 7th, 2017

Week of May 8, 2017

Part 1 14:40
Grateful Dead, Cornell 77 (Rhino)
NOT FADE AWAY
Mutilaudio by David Gans
BRICKSHAKE 7

Part 2 40:34
Grateful Dead 3/16/92 Spectrum, Philadelphia
SPACE->
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER->
MORNING DEW
~
JOHNNY B GOODE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Dark Star Orchestra celebrates their 20th anniversary at The Cap on May 19 + 20. The following weekend, Phil Lesh & Friends return to wave that flag on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 + 27. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

“I Heard”

May 5th, 2017

A “poem” made of comments in a 1994 conversation about GD rumors.

I heard

To commemorate Jerry’s return, I heard the Dead were going to do
Obsequious Cheezlog. When I heard that, it reminded me of the old
I heard they soundchecked “attics” on Sunday. We’re still waiting 
yesterday I heard that they have been rehearsing Unbroken Chain recently. 
I heard them soundcheck “Tennessee Jed” once. I was unclear on the
I dunno, I heard there was no soundcheck tonight, or last night.
Not that I heard.
I heard a rumor that Donna is going to sing with the boys on this one …. 
I heard from a very reliable source last night that the Rose Bowl is not
I heard on the radio this morning that it was Garcia who started the Michael 
late Feb for Mardi Gras was a story i heard. can’t recall the actual
I heard a rumor from a very reliable source that Jerry will play at the 
I heard that Jerry is going to play with Santana and Steve Miller and
I heard rumors from 2 people that Pete Townshend will show up in either 
I heard from a friend that he heard on the radio that Sting would be at
I thought I heard rumors of Van Morrison opening Rose Bowl and/ or Eugene. 
I heard that there was going to be a big reunion concert at Shoreline.
I heard that Jerry played briefly in some nightclub in Marin last night. 
I heard that Jerry is in Hawaii with his high school sweetheart.
I heard Jerry is on the night dive in Kona tonight.
I heard last night that Jerry’s lost 20 pounds.

I heard a rumor that Jerry was seen coming out of a Jack-in-the-Box with 
I heard an extremely ugly rumor tonight, and while part of me probably
what I heard. And while I would NEVER want to see anything happen to Jerry 
I heard that the Feb 28 show will feature past members of the dead.
I heard today that Denver is not looking as good as it did two weeks ago 
(I heard it’s his sinuses again) (but don’t quote me on that – just a rumor)
I heard that Donna, TC and Bruce will be making guest appearance with the 
BTW, I heard that the EconoLodge is only accepting payment by
And speaking of rumors… I heard that after Chinese New Years there will be 
I heard the no more priority line thing, too. Maybe they ought to just go 
about that day being the last priority line. I heard it first hand. Now,
body requires. The last I heard about gangrene and losing limbs was the 
case as well. The person I heard about it from was upset that not
I heard some interesting info this morning with regard to the Dead playing 
Well the rumors I heard about the reported breakins are that Jerry
I heard that one, too. Ernie told me. He didn’t say the date, but it must 
This one sounds a little too good to be true, but I heard it this weekend 
I heard that too.
I heard, in line for the upcoming UJB show at the USAir Arena, that the Dead 
worked out and played against what, if I heard the words right, is an 
Unfortunately, the only real places I heard him were during the pre-other
I heard exactly what Jeff posted.
I forgot two things in my last post: I, too, could have sworn I heard
went bankrupt and owed everybody money. Latest I heard from my friends in
there trom what I heard, no?
I heard differently on the gaps yesterday from a local buddy of 
I heard from one gen off of one of the principals:
Well, M______, I heard from another source who works with the
Well, I heard from a friend here at work who should know
, they are working on a new studio album, but I heard that they were working 
I heard the shows may be moved to the fall.
I heard the shows may not happen at all.
I heard.
5 San Jose is what I heard too. 
I heard Sunday at 10 AM.
I heard it on DCI0l today – they said they’d heard it from WNEW who had 
I heard from a reliable source that NYE 1999 will happen.
I heard that it is NOT going to happen! This is from a higher authority. 
I heard a little more to that story but I’m waiting for a confirmation.
I heard that Donna will be joining the band for a brief set of
I heard they were thinking of inviting MAdonna to do a few songs 
contracts have been signed. I heard from someone else a similar rumor 
I heard from Elvis that Roanoke would fit perfectly between Nassau and 
I heard otherwise.
I heard Tom Jones myself.
I had to crack up when I heard about the RFK “Throwing Stones”
I heard third-hand that it was a success. He went without talking a few 
way I heard it was phrased a little stronger, but that is hearsay at the
or that…why they played THAT when I heard it only 3 shows before …
1 heard that they are working on bringing out the
When is Eugene??? 1 need that one. 1 heard there is a Red Lion there. Hot 
Not quite the West coast, but 1 heard that the Dead will be playing
(1 really doubt this will happen but that’s what 1 heard)
1 heard it’s gonna be after July this year.
unsubstantiated .. the guy 1 heard it from has NEVER fed me wrong info

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1493

April 30th, 2017

Week of May 1, 2017

Part 1 24:32
Dead and Company 7/15/16 Fenway Park, Boston MA
DARK STAR
Robert Hunter, Tiger Rose (Round Records)
LAST FLASH OF ROCK’N’ROLL

Part 2 30:15
Grateful Dead 3/16/92 Spectrum, Philadelphia
ESTIMATED PROPHET->
DRUMS

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Cornell University Press, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the legendary 1977 Grateful Dead concert at Barton Hall with their new book Cornell ’77 by Peter Conners. Featuring never-before-seen photographs of the Dead and a song-by-song analysis of their performance, Cornell ’77 is available in bookstores everywhere and from dead.net.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Monday, May 8, Rhino Entertainment and The Capitol Theatre Present: 5-8-77 Revisited – A Grateful Dead Dance Party – a “Dose of the Dead” if you will. They will be playing the just-released “official” recording. Imagine what it will sound like through The Cap’s state-of-the art sound system! Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1492

April 23rd, 2017

Week of April 24, 2017

Part 1 21:42
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead 3/9/17 Brooklyn Bowl
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED
Grateful Dead, American Beauty (Rhino)
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL

Part 2 33:35
Grateful Dead 3/16/92 Spectrum, Philadelphia
CORRINA->
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Dark Star Orchestra comes to The Cap to evoke the Grateful Dead’s spirit on May 19 and 20. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Notes from the road

April 16th, 2017

The Acoustic webcasts all their shows and archives them, too! Here’s the complete performance of David Gans and Dead Show, recorded 4/14/17 at The Acoustic in Bridgeport CT.

And here’s a nice story by Dan Poorman in the Syracuse Post-Standard, previewing this week’s three gigs with Pearly Baker’s Best: ‘Breathing new life’ into the Dead: Syracuse tribute act Pearly Baker’s Best backs David Gans on tour

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1491

April 16th, 2017

Week of April 17, 2017

Part 1 32:15
Live Dead ’69 4/9/17 Skull & Roses Festival, Ventura CA
DARK STAR->
NEW SPEEDWAY BOOGIE->
DARK STAR->
GOOD MORNIN’ LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL

Part 2 23:12
Grateful Dead 3/16/92 Spectrum, Philadelphia
RAMBLE ON ROSE
LET IT GROW

Live Dead ’69 is a new supergroup that’s already done a couple of tours and will be on the circuit this summer. This edition of the band included half of Ratdog – Mark Karan on guitar, Robin Sylvester on bass, and Jay Lane on drums. Also on board are former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten and guitarist Slick Aguilar, who was part of the late Paul Kantner’s Starship lineup for many years.

The Skull & Roses Festival was three-day event at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, where the Grateful Dead played many times in the 1980s. The tribe was gathering at this site in July 1986 when the news came down that Jerry Garcia was in a diabetic coma…

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The Disco Biscuits return to The Cap on April 27, 28 and 29 to perform their signature trance-fusion. With the killer laser light show that they are known for, The Cap will be ready to blast off into outer-space. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1490

April 10th, 2017

Week of April 10, 2017

Part 1 38:51
Grateful Dead 3/16/92 Spectrum, Philadelphia
GOOD TIMES
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL
CC RIDER->
IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY
BLACK THROATED WIND

Part 2 16:25
Interview: Susana Millman and Dennis McNally
The T Sisters (unreleased)
BIRD SONG

Susana Millmnan‘s photo book (with text by Dennis McNally), Alive with the Dead or A Fly On the Wall with a Camera, is available from mamarazi.com

The T Sisters are a brilliant vocal trio from the San Francisco Bay Area. They’ve covered the Dead a few times, and they’re offering this week’s “Bird Song” as a free download from tsisters.com

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, April 20, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass featuring Jeff Austin, Andy Hall, Jeremy Garrett, and Danton Boller will inspire with bluegrass versions of the Grateful Dead’s music. During the show, The Cap’s hosting a twist on a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, where fans can look for plastic acorn eggs filled with prizes. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1489

April 2nd, 2017

Week of April 3, 2017

Part 1 19:08
David Nelson Band with Bob Weir 3/18/17 The Sitzmark, Girdwood AK
KI-YI BOSSIE->
TRUCKIN’

Part 2 36:24
David Nelson Band with Bob Weir 3/18/17 The Sitzmark, Girdwood AK
BIRD SONG->
STANDING ON THE MOON->
SUGAR MAGNOLIA

The name David Nelson comes up often in Grateful Dead history. David was part of the early-60s folk, bluegrass and old-time scene on the San Francisco peninsula that gave birth to the Grateful Dead. Nelson was part of that band that called itself the Hart Valley Drifters for a short while and did that radio broadcast that was recently released. David Nelson co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage, played in the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band in 1987, and has led The David Nelson Band for twenty-odd years.

Nelson took a fall a few months ago and had to have surgery on his shoulder. Since that time he’s been diagnosed with a from of cancer, and he’s being treated for that now. (You can look for updates on his condition at nelsonband.com) than cancel a scheduled tour of Alaska in March of this year, the Nelson Band invited their old pal Bob Weir to take the trip and front the band. The repertoire included a few songs from Bobby’s recent release Blue Mountain, along with a generous helping of Grateful Dead favorites.

Special thanks to Tim “Sounddawg” Stiegler for getting the audio files to me in record time!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, April 20, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass will put a bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead, with Jeff Austin, Andy Hall, Jeremy Garrett, and Danton Boller. To open the show, Love Canon will take audiences on an 1980s bluegrass joyride. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1488

April 1st, 2017

(Looks like this got lost when we migrated to a new hosting service. Here it is again!)

Week of March 27, 2017

Part 1 30:25
Grateful Dead 6/29/86 Alpine Valley, East Troy WI
MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP->
FRANKLIN’S TOWER
DANCING IN THE STREETS
BROWN-EYED WOMEN
NEW MINGLEWOOD BLUES

Part 2 24:07
Grateful Dead 6/29/86 Alpine Valley, East Troy WI
JUST LIKE TOM THUMB’S BLUES
STAGGER LEE
SAMSON AND DELILAH

Chuck Berry, The Definitive Collection (Chess)
JOHNNY B. GOODE

GD Hour returns to WEFT tonight!

April 1st, 2017

Thanks to a strong response from the Deadheads of Urbana-Champaign, the Grateful Dead Hour returns to WEFT tonight (Sat 4/1/17) at 8pm CDT! Huge thanks to Kristen Johns for spearheading a huge community effort.

Here’s how you can help keep the Grateful Dead Hour in the air at WEFT in Urbana-Champaign

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Grateful Dead Hour no. 1487

March 19th, 2017

Week of March 20, 2017

Part 1 30:09
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
BAND INTROS
BILLY GRIMES, THE ROVER

Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
ALL THE GOOD TIMES HAVE PAST AND GONE
Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
FLINT HILL SPECIAL
Interview: Ken Frankel
The Grateful Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Rhino)
COLD RAIN AND SNOW
Interview: Ken Frankel

Part 2 26:16
Interview: Ken Frankel
Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street
STAGGER LEE
Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
ROVING GAMBLER
Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
GROUND SPEED
Interview: Ken Frankel

Ken Frankel talks about meeting and making music with Jerry Garcia in the early ’60s. Wonderful stories!

Ken has been a professional musician for 60 years, playing lead electric guitar in rock and country bands since high school, including the famous 1960’s Boston psychedelic band Ill Wind. He has played banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle in various acoustic bands, including performing bluegrass and old-time music with Jerry Garcia, David Nelson, Robert Hunter, Richard Greene, Rick Shubb, and Sandy Rothman. Frankel played classical mandolin, mandola, and mandocello with The Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble and other groups. He formed The Electric Guitar Quartet, which performed classical music on specially designed electric guitars. He also owned and ran the well-loved club The Cotati Cabaret in the 1980’s, the music venue Studio 55 Marin until last year, and curated a music series at Freight & Salvage called Dr. K’s Homegrown Roots Review. Ken continues to perform, and learn to play new instruments.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Drummer Joe Russo of Furthur and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead pays tribute to Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales’ cult classic album Hooteroll?, on Friday, April 7, celebrating Jerry’s music at one of his favorite venues. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 8, celebrating the Jerry Garcia Band’s 11/23/91 performance in Milwaukee. The 2-CD set is available now at jerrygarcia.com or your favorite local record store, and also streaming at Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play. That’s GarciaLive volume 8, from jerrygarcia.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1486

March 12th, 2017

Week of March 13, 2017

Part 1 14:49
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 21 (4/2/73)
DEAL
YOU AIN’T WOMAN ENOUGH

Kingfish (Rhino)
HYPNOTIZE

Part 2 41:55
Grateful Dead 4/17/71 Dillon Gym, Princeton University
BERTHA
SING ME BACK HOME
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD->
JAM->
LOVELIGHT

“Hypnotize” is in honor of Kingfish lead guitarist Robbie Hoddinott, who passed away a few days ago.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Connecticut funk legends Deep Banana Blackout return to The Cap on Friday, March 31 with veteran jamband Percy Hill kicking off the show. What do you get when two iconic bands join forces in one night? Find out at The Cap. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 8, celebrating the Jerry Garcia Band’s 11/23/91 performance in Milwaukee. The 2-CD set is available now at jerrygarcia.com and your favorite local record store, and also streaming at Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play.

KPFA GD marathon results

March 12th, 2017

The 2017 KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon raised more than $30,000 for listener-sponsored, independent radio! Thank you!

Innumerable kindnesses transpired all over the globe in service of this cause. This link will take you to a long list of people who contributed to the Marathon. Our thanks to all of them, and hooray for all of us!

Here is the playlist.